This Advanced Public Speaking course is an English-taught, in-depth pursuit of performance-based public rhetoric. In part, the curriculum includes components from Toastmasters International, and each of the course’s 10 required projects are speeches from the globally acclaimed public speaking club.
Each project will be graded by a specific, points-based rubric that will be discussed in class in advance. Some speeches must be video recorded, and some must be presented in class. Each must also be within the time allotted; speeches under or over the required time limit will lose points. Each student’s speeches must be shared with classmates and your instructor; you are required to give and receive feedback on every project. A substantial focus of this advanced course will be on generating respectful, useful critiques for the betterment of your and your classmates’ performances and skill development.
Successful completion of this advanced 32-hour course is dependent upon the completion of all 10 projects and required assignments. Certificates will be awarded to students who finish all course requirements. Successful candidates will emerge from this course with much improved public speaking skills in English, improved English eloquence, enhanced small-talk and professional speaking skills, and strengthened courage in general.
Advanced Public Speaking Course syllabus
Class 1 – January 28 – Class intro: expectations, speech presentation requirements, assignments
Class 2 – February 4 – Lecture, story-telling; Project 1 (4-6 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 3 – February 11 – Lecture, Effective evaluative processes and procedures; Assignment in-class
Class 4 – February 18 – Lecture, Organization; Project 2 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 5 – February 25 – Lecture, Focus/Purpose; Project 3 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 6 – March 4 – Lecture, Word Choice; Project 4 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 7 – March 11 – Lecture, Body Language; Project 5 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 8 – March 18 – Personal Progress Evaluations; Impromptu speeches; Assignment in-class
Class 9 – March 25 – Lecture, Voice Expression; Project 6 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 10 – April 1 – Lecture, Research; Project 7 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignments 1-3
Class 11 – April 8 – Lecture, Visual Aids; Project 8 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignment in-class
Class 12 – April 15 – Project 8 con’t; In-class speeches; personal performance evaluations
Class 13 – April 22 – Lecture, Persuasion; Project 9 (5-7 minute requirement); Assignment in-class
Class 14 – April 29 – Project 9 con’t; In-class speeches; personal performance evaluations
Class 15 – May 6 – Lecture, Inspiration; Project 10 (8-10 minute requirement); Assignment in-class
Class 16 – May 13 – Project 10 con’t; In-class speeches; personal performance evaluations
Her expertise includes teaching intensive academic English with top-tier American universities (7 years), language program instruction and administration in US-based colleges in the Middle East (2 years), training, tutoring, writing center coaching, and presenting at myriad professional engagements (14 years). She has spoken on such varied topics as a cultural influence on English teaching and learning, civic resource use to generate language production, and student learning beyond the classroom. Her research interests include how culture shapes language, learner-centered oral fluency skills, and sociolinguistics.
She has traveled, lived and taught in the central and southern United States, across Western Europe, and in the Gulf region. She holds an MA in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Houston. Currently, she is serving as an English Language Fellow in Moscow, Russia.